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Commercial Services allows people with disabilities to earn money, expand life skills

Thirty-three-year old Neil Vatsyayan loves Halloween, Six Flags theme parks and his tae kwon do class. He graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2001 and lives with his parents in Latham. He also has a moderate case of Down Syndrome, a genetic abnormality which presents the afflicted individual with challenges in areas such as: language and communication; conceptual, social and emotional development; motor skills; and personal care, even as they cope with a variety of other health concerns and a shortened life expectancy.

Hockey: Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa snaps Bethlehem's winning streak

The two hottest Capital District High School Hockey League teams met Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility in Glenville.

Boys basketball: Ravena defeats Voorheesville in overtime

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk outscored Voorheesville 12-6 in overtime to defeat the Blackbirds 60-54 Friday, Feb. 5, in a Colonial Council boys basketball game.

Girls basketball: Big fourth quarter propels Guilderland past Columbia

Guilderland won for the fourth time in its last six games by rallying for a 59-50 victory over Columbia in a Suburban Council girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 5.

Hockey: Bethlehem shuts out Shenendehowa

Andrew Yanowsky scored two goals, and goaltender Alex Breiner made 20 saves to lead Bethlehem to a 4-0 victory over Shenendehowa in a Capital District High School Hockey League game Friday, Feb. 5, at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.

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Colonie chamber honors local business, former police chief at annual dinner

The Colonie Chamber of Commerce honored residents, businesses and the town’s former police chief, Steve Heider, at its annual dinner on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Century House with drinks, laughs and plenty of congratulations for the accomplishments of the past year and beyond.

Tuesday roundup: Shenendehowa girls basketball gets past Shaker

Shenendehowa remained undefeated against Suburban Council opponents by fending off Shaker 52-48 in a girls basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Latham.

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State Attorney General puts ticket industry on notice, demands changes

It’s long been suspected, but now it’s been quantified — there truly is a method behind the madness of acquiring that hot concert ticket.

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Regional airline returns to Albany, to add more than 100 new jobs locally

Dignitaries from nearly all aspects of state government were on hand for continued good news at Albany International Airport.

Boys basketball: Albany Academy pulls away from Voorheesville

Albany Academy used a 22-6 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 73-48 victory over Voorheesville in a non-league boys basketball game Sunday, Jan. 31.

Indoor track: Ronel Forde, Tedi DeMaria win two individual titles at Suburban Council meet

Shaker's Ronel Forde and Bethlehem's Tedi DeMaria each won a pair of events at the Suburban Council Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday, Jan. 31, at the University at Albany.

The people we meet along the way

People come into your life at different points of time not by mere chance but by a greater mechanism to teach you a lesson. That lesson can be inspirational, heart wrenching or a wake-up call.

Hockey: Bethlehem rallies past Christian Brothers Academy

Bethlehem came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Christian Brothers Academy 4-3 in a Capital District High School Hockey League game Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

Girls basketball: Albany uses a balanced offense to pull away from Shaker

Albany's balanced offense and tough defense was too much for Shaker, as the Falcons defeated the Blue Bison 70-46 in a Suburban Council girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 29, in Latham.

Boys basketball: Brendan Mulson, Isaiah Moll shine for Colonie against Averill Park

Colonie jumped out to a 35-20 halftime lead on its way to a 58-48 victory over Averill Park in a Suburban Council boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 29.

Hockey: Late burst propels Queensbury past Shaker/Colonie

Queensbury scored three times in the final four minutes to defeat Shaker/Colonie 6-3 in a Capital District High School Hockey League game Friday, Jan. 29, at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

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George Fiorini is new to the region and the world of craft cocktails, but he plans to stay

When George Fiorini moved to Albany a year ago, he had only five months of bartending experience under his belt. Winner of the recent Woodford Reserve bartending competition held at the Albany Food and Wine Festival early this month, Fiorini now bartends at two of Albany’s premiere cocktail bars and, sitting in one of them — Wellington’s in Albany — exactly a year to the day after he moved to the area, he seems more than a little surprised about it.

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Get to Know: Jennifer Whalen

This first appeared in the Jan. 27 editions of Spotlight News.

Boys swimming: Shaker edges Shenendehowa in Suburban Council showdown

The Shaker boys swim team remained undefeated by edging Shenendehowa 95-91 in a Suburban Council meet Thursday, Jan. 28, in Latham.

EDITORIAL: We’d pay for open space

This editorial first appeared in the Jan. 27 editions of Spotlight News.

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